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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Beth Went Shopping

This past weekend Estelle hosted an Open House to show case their beautiful yarns. I fell in love with their Sakura Cotton.
Sakura CottonSakura Cotton

Q52801 Q52802 Q52803Q52804 Q52805 Q52806

50% Cotton, 30% Viscose and 20% Silk
200 meters per 100 gm skein 
Recommended needle 5mm, 18 sts per 4 inches


I have just begun a shawl I have been admiring from the most recent issue of Knitty. If you are unfamiliar with Knitty, check it out - hundreds of beautiful FREE patterns and informative articles.

The design I have fallen in love with is Nahant.

beauty shot


Nahant is a rectangular, bias knit lace shawl with a pleasing and simple to knit leaf style lace.
Sakura, with it's subtle gradual colour transition is perfect for this design.


Gabriela is doing a simple summer lace shawl class this spring.

Garden View Shawlette   (G) 1 three hour class - $30 plus project supplies
Date & Time
Thursday 1:00-4:00, May 7
The shawl is made up of four basic elements separated by rows of eyelets: an upper border, stockinette body, garter leaf border, and lower slipped stitched border.
Knitting starts at left side & by increasing, knitting “straight” and decreasing along the eyelet row between body and garter leaf border, a crescent shape is formed.
A knitter on Ravelry knit this shawl with Sakura. This design is easily adaptable to a larger size if you want a full shawl rather than just a scarf.

If you visit the Estelle website, there are dozens of FREE patterns which includes several for Sakura.
Sakura Fingerless Gloves
These fingerless gloves are one of Estelle's FREE patterns and only uses one skein of Sakura.
Over the next few days I'll let you know about some of the other wonderful yarns I found.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Big Bang Alert!!!!!!

Christine Baranski and Laurie Metcalf guest star

I have been waiting for this soooooo long.  Leonard  and Sheldon's mothers meet for the first time this Thursday April  30th.  If you are a Big Bang fan, you will not want to miss this.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Arne & Carlos

We are so excited that we have just received the new Arne & Carlos self-patterning yarn collection from Regia. It is amazing. It is a faux Fair Isle with incredible detail.

Regia 4-ply Design Line by Arne & Carlos
I can hardly wait to get it on my needles and watch the magic happen.

Monday, April 20, 2015

PPPPPPPLEASE tell me these are a joke - Crochet shorts for men

They showed these shorts on Kelly and Michael this morning. I thought it was a joke until I found an Etsy sight selling them.

crochet shorts for men

I am not kidding, check out the Etsy sight and see what these are selling for.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ever Wondered "Why do I need to block?"

Blocking can take a lot of time, but it is so worth it. Immediately below is an unblocked swatch of Shetland Ruffles, a shawl from one of my favourite designers, Kieran Foley


Witness how blocking opens the lace and accentuates the curves created by the stitch.


You can see several beautiful samples of Shetland ruffles on Ravelry

I love Kieran's designs. He frequently uses self-striping yarns, especially Noro and Zauberball. The combination of striping yarns and stitch patterns which curve and undulate are just incredible.
He also uses dropped stitches in many of his shawls. I have just finished my first (but definitely not may last) Kieran Foley Project, Shogun.

I enjoyed this project so much. When I first began, I was misreading the pattern and could not figure out what was wrong. I e-mailed a question to Kieran, who by the way, lives in Ireland, and I got an answer back in less than 2 hours. After that it was smooth sailing. I am offering this project as a class in the new Spring Session beginning in April.
Shogun   (Beth) Two 2 hour Classes $40 plus supplies
Date & Time
Monday, April 20, 27 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Let me introduce you to Kieran Foley, an Irish designer whose work I admire. Designer Site

I am currently knitting his Shogun Shawl and I love it. The pattern is both charted and written – easy to knit whichever style you prefer. With a couple of “keeping track tips”, this project, with chevron patterning and dropped stitches, is not as difficult as it appears. And if you are a colour person, fond of Noro or Zauberball, this design is perfectly suited for self -striping yarns.
Intermediate. Good basic knitting skills.
Treat yourself to a browse through Kieran's designs.
and check out his blog and pinterest page which are both linked on the above site.
I can not decide between Echo Beach or Shetland Ruffles to do next.


I am posting a news letter I just received from my vet.


A Message from LeGallais Veterinary Hospital -Lily Toxicity
April showers bring May flowers...  Unfortunately for cats,
spring also  brings lilies, a fragrant flower popular in gardens
and as Easter decorations. Lilies contain toxins that are
profoundly toxic to felines. Just a nibble or even a sip from a
vase can be enough to cause irreparable kidney damage and
even death. Cats may be poisoned by eating any part of the
lily flower. This includes the stem, flower, and even the pollen.
Cats often brush up against a lily, resulting in pollen collecting
on their fur. The cat later ingests the pollen while licking its fur
during grooming.

Signs of lily toxicity include vomiting, lethargy, drooling,
and appetite loss. Without prompt treatment, cats will develop
kidney failure within 36-72 hours. Initial treatment requires
aggressive IV fluid therapy and  gastrointestinal decontamination.
If signs are noticed early and decontamination is achieved within
6 hours of ingestion,most cats will not become ill. Treatment
delay of more than 18 hours after ingestion almost always results
in acute renal failure. Mortality rates range from 50-100% of cats
that progress to renal failure. 

As Easter approaches , the Staff at LeGallais Veterinary Hospital

would like to remind pet owners to keep lilies and other kidney
toxic plants out of their home and gardens.

For more information on pet toxins please visit the Pet Poison 
From the Staff at LeGallais Veterinary Hospital, we wish
you and your family a Happy Easter!

LeGallais Veterinary Hospital

150 Wellington Street East | Aurora, ON L4G 1J1
(905) 713-2366

I know this to be true, having sadly lost a beautiful silly furball named Flip
after she ingested a very small amount of lily pollen from a bouquet of cut
flowers including lilies. Unfamiliar with this hazard for cats, by the time we
realized the problem, it was too late.